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Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Prostate cancer often shows no symptoms in the early stages. If symptoms do appear, they vary from man to man. Signs you may have prostate cancer may include:

  • Painful or burning urination
  • Inability to urinate or difficulty in starting to urinate
  • Difficulty trying to hold back urination
  • Weak or interrupted urine flow
  • Frequent or urgent need to urinate
  • Trouble emptying the bladder completely
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Continual pain in the lower back, pelvis, hips or thighs
  • Difficulty having an erection

Having any of these symptoms does not mean you have prostate cancer. Some of the same symptoms can occur with BPH (benign prostatic hypertrophy) or other health problems. If you notice one or more of these symptoms for more than two weeks, see your doctor.

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • Leading-edge prostate cancer treatments including vaccine, gene and proton therapy
  • Minimally invasive, nerve-sparing and sural nerve graft surgical procedures
  • Latest radiotherapy techniques for prostate cancer, including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and brachytherapy
  • Team of experts provides personalized care for prostate cancer
  • Clinical trials of new therapies for prostate cancer
  • Prostate cancer is part of MD Anderson's Moon Shots Program: an ambitious effort to reduce cancer deaths through the rapid discovery and implementation of new treatments

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